Most college students go away on spring break to somewhere sunny and at least 75…. Not me ! I spent most of my time working, catching up on homework, and getting things done around the house. I’ve been busting my buns working on getting back into the gym most days of the week. Some days are harder than other. I work every day anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours. This week wasn’t too bad since I didn’t have school at all.
Progress pic, I am finally getting back to where I was pre-surgery 🙂
Monday-Casino shift 7 hours-Ran 4 miles
Tuesday-Casino shift 7 hours-rest day
Wednesday-Bartended 9 hours –rest day
Thursday– Bartended 8 hours / pizza date-Ran 2 miles
This pizza was huge. It was so large that I could only eat one piece!
Friday-Volunteered-home work out
I volunteer a few times a month at a food distribution center for needy families within my community. Today there was a variety of FRESH foods for them. Yay!!!! As a Dietetic’s student I LOVE when there are fresh produce items for people to choose from. A lot of times items are canned or highly processed. While making sure everyone in the community is fed, I wish there were better food options for them….
Saturday-Double 14 hours-morning run planned!!
Sunday-bartend 8 hours-long run planned , 6 or 7 miles
Staying on top of my work outs is my goal for March! What is your goal for March?
I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.
My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!
The baby 🙂
Chicken taco soup on a cold Saturday definitely hits the spot. This soup has a great flavor, is packed with veggies, and is very healthy!
1 -2 Jalapenos (finely chopped and seeded)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
3 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes (I used organic, could use rotel instead)
1.5 cups uncooked quinoa-rinsed
1 package of Mrs. Dash taco seasons
1 pound chicken breasts, boiled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 small chopped onion
Throw all ingredients in the crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 8 hours.
*I added fresh mushrooms to this batch; normally I don’t, but they were on clearance and about to go bad. They were a nice addition to the soup 🙂 You can add more corn or beans if you want. I threw in what I had around the house. The chicken breasts can be put uncooked in the crockpot with all other ingredients, shred after cooking.
Healthy foods like this help me toward my summer bod goals! I always feel great after an intense work out and a day of eating healthy.
DAYS 1 and 2 of cutting out candy :p My guilty pleasure.
After injuries the past few months and a busier than ever schedule (working 3 jobs and taking classes) I am getting back on track! Running is a great outlet for me; it reduces my stress and anxiety. I like running outside best, but I do sometimes run on the dreadmill. I usually shoot for 4 or 5 miles at a time. However, if all I have time for is 2 than that is better than none! I used to run 5 miles every morning as soon as I work up, now I run when I can squeeze it in. After evaluating my mileage records from the past few months and years, I noticed a considerable gap this year. I am trying to make 2016 my best year yet for a lot of things. School, work, blogging, and running are all of my top priorities.
I found an interesting article Runners World posted about the benefits of running a mere 5 miles per week. You can find this article at: http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/new-research-big-benefits-from-running-5-miles-a-week
“In other words, it takes only about 4 to 5 miles a week of running at 11:00 to 12:00 minutes-per-mile pace to gain considerable benefit. The authors state: This study may motivate healthy but sedentary individuals to begin and continue running.”
who knew that all you needed was a mile a day!
My most recent run on Sunday:
My running splits have been significantly better in the past, but it gives me something to work toward. My old average mile time was 7:29 min/mile.
All of my February runs have been outside 🙂
I am making a better effort to keep up on the things I enjoy and me less stressed out than I was last year. Running helps me relax and refocus my thoughts.
How many miles do you run?
Why do you run?
Are you a morning, noon, or night runner?